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12 Amazing Things Exercise Does to Your Body

from Spry Living via Cheboygan Daily Tribune

You know exercise is good for keeping you slim and in shape, but there are other reasons to hit the gym or head out for a walk, from feeling happy to fighting disease, improving cognition and even making you more money. If you weren't motivated to exercise before, you will be now: Makes You Happy Want extra pep in your step? "Research shows that when people regularly exercise —whether aerobic or resistance training or yoga — they have better moods," says Carol Ewing Garber, professor of movement sciences at Columbia University. Yep, one reason are endorphins, along with activation of the endocannabinoid system, thought be responsible for the "runner's high."

Beats Depression More than just keeping a positive mindset, a workout also battles the blues. "Exercise enhances feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine," says Ewing Garber. Her 2012 study found that people who participate in 2.5 to 7.5 hours of physical activity weekly report better mental health.

Other factors: Exercise is a distraction from worries and is often done with friends, which also helps you feel good. Improves Success In a 2012 study in the Journal of Labor Research, frequent exercisers make bank, bringing home nearly 10 percent more than non-exercisers. Credit higher energy levels and more enthusiasm at work that boosts job satisfaction for the increase in earnings. more


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